Making a Career of the Things You Love Most
What made you decide to enroll in RMP at UNH?
I am one of the few students who entered UNH declared in RMP: Program Administration. I knew, even in high school, that I was passionate about facilitating fun activities. I’m lucky enough to have grown up with a vacation home among the Appalachian Mountains that we visited every season. Whether it be hiking, skiing, snowboarding, ATVing, whitewater rafting, sightseeing, snowmobiling, or hammocking at the cabin—it was my entire family’s ‘happy place.’ Upon looking into the RMP department here, I remember thinking, “Wow, how cool would it be to spend every day getting paid for doing what I would do in my free time anyway.” Recreation Management exemplifies the Confucian saying “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” and I haven’t looked back since.
Describe your most memorable experience as a student of the RMP Dept.
I’ve met some of my lifelong friends through the RMP department. Equally as passionate, involved, energetic, and caring—it was so nice to be surrounded by like-minded individuals. Enrolled in my first RMP class called, ‘Introduction to Leisure Studies,’ I could not fathom how there was an academic class that taught us how to have fun, what fun is, and how to make sure everyone else is having it. The day we had an educational paper airplane fight is the day I was SOLD.
What are your future career plans?
I plan to attend graduate school for Marketing & Advertising to work in the ski/snowboard industry. To be the director of marketing at a four season resort would be a lifelong dream of mine. Since I was 3 years old, skiing has been my ultimate high. Getting people excited for the season, displaying to coolest new logos/pictures, and recruiting people to purchase ski passes is what I love most. When I get amped about something, I just can’t shut up about it…so I figured, why not put that energy into my career?
Explain some of your favorite aspects of UNH RMP.
Other research-centered majors like to think that RMP is a piece of cake, but I can tell you that where we lack in paperwork, we most certainly make up for in hands-on volunteer activities and work hours. RMP immediately thrusts you into real-world situations. Whether it be actual events you are required to attend, 40+ hours of volunteer work to pass a class, single-handedly being in charge of entire programs that you and your classmates dreamt up, completing a practicum, and additionally an internship…RMP does a fantastic job of preparing you for the real world with time management between academic classes and copious work hours.
Why would you recommend this program to future students?
Do you want to be surrounded by the most fun people you’ll ever meet? Do you want to be accommodated and tailored to have a major fit your precise interests? Do you want to be surrounded by passionate, eternal optimists? Do you want to be involved every day and never be bored?
If you answered yes to one or all of these questions—you should consider RMP.